Bill O’Reilly getting fired by Fox News sends the message that sexual harassment is finally being tackled as the serious issue that it is, writes Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post. She highlights the shift from the past when Fox News ignored women’s complaints and even helped O’Reilly settle cases against him. Companies are understanding the seriousness of abuse of women in the workplace and even a man as powerful as the now ex-Fox News host is not immune. According to Sullivan this can inspire women to come forward and share their stories of abuse, knowing that they are not alone and will be listened to.
Bill O’Reilly has been been accused of sexual harassment for a long time, and Fox News only fired him because sponsors stopped funding his program, speculates Megan Garber of the Atlantic. She suggests that O’Reilly’s misdeeds have been known to the program for years, but they stuck with him because of the huge amount of money that he made them. Garber dismisses Fox News’ statement that said they let go of the pundit due to ethical reasons, suggesting that they simply did so once he stopped being profitable and started hurting their image. She highlights the cold corporate culture of America that puts profits above ethical and moral values.